Gun Ownership Surges According to New Survey

January 10 2014
by GSL Staff
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Stock Gun Photo - iStock_000018625930XSmallNo surprise here if you’ve been into a gun shop over the last year, but apparently reported gun ownership is at a four decade high.

According to an Economist/YouGov survey, households that own a gun are up to 39% from 35% reported in the 2000’s.

The reported number of households with guns dropped continuously over the last four decades. The most recent poll numbers show a change in that trend.

We’ve already reported that 2013 gun sales crushed previous records which were set in 2012.

There is also the issue that conservative and libertarian gun owners may be less likely to admit to owning guns. How many people are really going to be honest with a stranger over what kinds of valuables they keep in their home?

According to the Washington Examiner,

The rebound comes as many are rushing to buy guns before states put more limits on ownership. It also reveals a gun-buying trend that started last year when President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Senate Democrats and Michael Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor, pushed for widespread gun control, new background checks and the elimination of sales of semi-automatic rifles, the most popular style of rifle sold.

The Economist/YouGov survey revealed a partisan split among gun owners. Some 30 percent of households with guns are Democrat and 49 percent are Republican.

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